On Saturday August 27th, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office hosted its bi-year Open House. This event is an opportunity for the public to meet the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, Detention Center, and their law enforcement partners and public safety providers in the community. Sheriff Mike Evans kicked off the event with the help of some special guests. Bishop Patton from the Lighthouse Church gave the invocation. That was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the Young Marines of Southern Maryland, and Star Spangled Banner, sung by Mrs. Joy Mitchell. The Sheriff then conducted a ceremonial roll call inspection of two Deputy Sheriffs and their patrol vehicles. At Open House, the public gets the opportunity to tour the building and learn about its history while intermingling with the Sheriff and his staff. Outside, there are plenty of activities for our young people. Dunk tank, fast pitch, face painting, balloon art, and cotton candy are regular attractions. 2016 was the second time Open House attendees got the opportunity to meet some of their favorite super heroes. Spiderman, Thor, Captain America, and Anna wowed the kids and posed for pictures with young and old alike. Reptile Man and his slithery friends drew the curiosity of many. The local chapter of the ASPCA brought along their furry friends for adoption. And our good friends from Calvert K-9 Search Team gave an excellent demonstration on the amazing work that they do.
The great people from Fantasy World once again made numerous trips around the event throughout the day in the kids train. Police mountain bike, motorcycle, and K-9 demonstrations showcased the talents and skills of our deputies. Static displays to include our Special Operations Team, Detention Center, Department of Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police, and Coast Guard gave visitors an opportunity to get a glimpse of their unique skills and services they provide to the community. There was no shortage of food. Firehouse Subs, Hardesty’s Haven, Papa John’s, Rita’s and Maggie Moos kept everyone full.
We would like to thank our neighbors at Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Church, the Sheridan Building, Gray Inn Court, 7-11, Subway, Midas, Top Hat, Prince Frederick Dodge, the Foundation Heroes, and the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department (Company 2) for supporting this event. We would also like to acknowledge our corporate sponsors who include, Bayside Auto Group, Stoney’s, Trader’s Seafood Steak and Ale, Exelon Generation, Fastop, The Gott Company, J&J Portables, SMECO, Firehouse Subs, Dominion, and Sneade’s Ace Home Center. This year’s donation check was made payable to Camp Jr. Sheriff in the amount of $1,000.00.
None of this would have been possible without the countless hours of hard work and planning from the members of the Open House Committee, and the deputies Explorers, civilian staff, and volunteers who all went the extra mile to make Open House 2016 a huge success. We hope to see everyone back in Spring 2018.